"I remember never feeling as whole as I did then; I really found the best version of myself through engaging with the athletes and seeing their joy."
Alex Ritchie, former Feet Meet student facilitator, truly says it best – Special Olympics Virginia’s ABLEnow Feet Meet Series, which kicks off today, is guaranteed inspiration for participants and spectators alike.
So join us this spring as thousands of school-age athletes participate in the ABLEnow Feet Meet Series, which includes Little Feet Meets (elementary) and Big Feet Meets (middle and high). These Unified Sports® programs are a way for schools to engage students with and without intellectual disabilities throughout the school year.
For the students with disabilities, the Feet Meet events serve as a public celebration of meeting key developmental and social milestones. Students without disabilities can practice and compete with their team, as well as act as Feet Meet facilitators and fans. Together, we’re changing the game, creating a new space for students to form friendships based on shared values instead of differences.
“The ABLEnow program empowers people with disabilities to increase their independence, improve their financial security and achieve a better quality of life,” said Mary Morris, CEO of Virginia529, the agency that administers ABLEnow. “Our partnership with the Special Olympics Virginia allows us to answer questions about ABLEnow, promote inclusion and make sure families know about this new opportunity for individuals with disabilities to save for the future — just like everyone else.”
To find an ABLEnow Feet Meet Series event near you, check out the schedule below. Fans/community members are welcome to cheer at any Feet Meet. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
About ABLEnow: ABLEnow® is a national ABLE savings program for eligible Americans living with disabilities. Since its national launch in December 2016, ABLEnow has grown to be the country’s largest independent ABLE program, with accounts in all 50 states. Call 1-844-NOW-ABLE or visit able-now.com to obtain information on the program. We encourage you to seek the advice of a professional concerning any financial, tax, legal, federal or state benefit implications related to opening and maintaining an ABLE account. Participating in this program involve investment risk including the possible loss of principal. For non-Virginia residents: other states may sponsor an ABLE plan offering state tax or other benefits not available through Virginia529’s program. ©2018 Virginia College Savings Plan. All Rights Reserved.
|Date||Feet Meet Event||Location||Time|
|3/27/18||Virginia Beach Little Feet Meet||Tallwood High School||9am- 1pm|
|3/28/18||Suffolk Little Feet Meet||King's Fork High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/11/18||King George Meet in the Middle||King George High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/12/18||Charlottesville-Albemarle Little Feet Meet||Albemarle High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/12/18||Norfolk Little Feet Meet||Old Dominion University||9am - 1pm|
|4/12/18||Henrico Big Feet Meet||Highland Springs High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/13/18||Prince George Little Feet Meet||Prince George High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/16/18||Caroline Meet in the Middle||Caroline High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/20/18||Hanover Big Feet Meet- RESCHEDULED||Atlee High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/17/18||Chesterfield Little Feet Meet||James River High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/18/18||Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond County Feet Meet||Rappahannock High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/20/18||Fredericksburg Little Feet Meet||James Madison High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/23/18||Richmond Big Feet Meet||Sports Backers Stadium||9am - 1pm|
|4/24/18||Carroll County Little Feet Meet||Hillsville Elementary School||9am - 1pm|
|4/26/18||Manassas Meet in the Middle||Manassas Park High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/26/18||Petersburg Big Feet Meet||Petersburg High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/27/18||Roanoke Little Feet Meet||Northside High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/27/18||Richmond Little Feet Meet||Huguenot High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/30/18||Colonial Heights Little Feet Meet||Colonial Heights High School||9am - 1pm|
|4/30/18||Essex Meet in the Middle||Essex High School||9am - 1pm|
|5/1/18||Henrico Little Feet Meet||JR Tucker High School||9am - 1pm|
|5/2/18||Henrico Meet in the Middle||Collegiate School||9am - 1pm|
|5/5/18||Loudoun Little Feet Meet||Freedom High School||9am - 1pm|
|5/16/18||Bedford Big Feet Meet||Liberty High School||9am - 1pm|
|5/24/18||Prince William Little Feet Meet||Saunders Middle School||9am - 1pm|
|5/30/18||Falls Church Little Feet Meet||Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School||9am - 1pm|
|6/1/18||Portsmouth Little Feet Meet||Wilson High School||9am - 1pm|
|Campbell Little Feet Meet||Rustburg High School|
until the fall
|Lynchburg Little Feet Meet||Heritage High School|
until the fall
|Arlington Little Feet Meet|
until the fall
|Lexington-Rockbridge Big Feet Meet||Rockbridge High School|